I am a star on Instagram. I have tens of thousands of followers, reactions flowed to my stories, it's enough to put on a sexier selfie to be overwhelmed by adoration. When the interest decreases, I undress more and the wave of attention begins again. Occasionally, I meet another guy, go out for coffee, get expensive gifts, take me with him on exotic holidays, but then he disappears. I take a few more selfies, I try a new filter. A girl like me is not alone for long. But do I always feel so alone?

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In March 2023, the group has 10,790 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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